“When someone has been mean to you, why
would you want to be good to them? You wouldn't want to. That's what makes it hard. You do it anyway. Being good is
hard. Much harder than being bad.” ― ‘The People of
of the tricks in life to produce something good"
Tzu-kung asked: "Is there a single saying which one can act upon until the end of one's
The Master replied: "Would it be reciprocity? What you do not wish done to yourself, do not do to
― Analects of Confucius
In The Golden
Seat, ‘Goodness’ is one of the three ‘legs’ of the
seat: Beauty, Truth & Goodness (Plato’s natural theology). One cannot truly understand one
without the other. We integrate goodness in our worldview to complete the picture: Beauty and
Goodness; Truth and Goodness.
Rather than using exposition, the following
streamline bullet summary paints a grand landscape of goodness:
• “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father
which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)
• Images of “Goodness”: A light in a
dark world. A strong, bright, shining rope that helps to rise others out of ignorance, guilt, fear, a
• Another word for Goodness –
• The opposite of Goodness? –
• If we give power to negativity it
rampages. If we give power to goodness, it grows.
• No goodness comes from being dark.
No goodness is being experienced.
• Examples of people who brought
‘Courageous Goodness’ to the world: Christ (brought in Fortitude, Mercy, Loyalty), Martin Luther, Thomas
Wollstonecraft, Thomas Aquinas, John
Kant, Adam Smith, Theodor Herzl, Galileo Galilei, Louis
Armstrong, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Florence Nightingale, Joan of Arc,
Douglass, Pope Innocent III, Jane Adams, Susan B. Anthony,
Helen Keller, Elizabeth I, Melson Mandela, Catherine de Medicis, Kwame Nkrumah, Sylvia C.
• Take well to courageous
• Goodness doesn’t really need to be
explained, the Truth just resonates.
• When writing a letter to
yourself, white about the goodness of you. Don’t write about
the negative of you – the Universe does not care about that (eg, “writing about your sins”).
• The more things you can put into
practice by word, by application, the more goodness surrounds you.
• Your good can never be disturbed unless,
by your own state of mind, you believe that it can.
• The tests of hardships and suffering in
life allow us to know the true meaning of goodness.
• “Be Kinder Than Necessary, For Everyone You Meet is Fighting Some Kind of
• “All the evil which exists is the evil of humankind, not evil of divine origin. We must turn
away from the duality of believing in two powers and anchor to the one unifying Power. We must move into the
consciousness of Reality. Good is the only reality. This is taking quite a leap, because the world
speaks otherwise and even your own senses suggest that evil is real. This step is easier if you realize that
a negative experience is something that is happening only as an experience, but is not ultimate
‘The Art of Being’, Dr. Frank E.
• Six Power Nice
“It’s nice to be important, but far
more important to be nice”
1. Positive impressions are like seeds.
2. Negative impressions are like germs. Avoid giving the impression
to others that they “don’t matter” (no matter their societal rank).
3. You never know. Don’t be nice to just the important people in
your life; be nice to even strangers.
4. People change. Don’t assume you don’t have to be nice to someone
if they have no power.
5. Nice must be automatic. Help others seen with the simple stuff;
(eg, opening doors, helping carrying luggage).
6. You will know. When you have been rude or bad to others your soul
mind will know. You risk jeopardizing your belief in yourself. Power of Nice
[goodness] is not about manically smiling & having everyone’s bidding—all the while calculating what you’ll get
in return. Not about being phony or manipulative. It’s about valuing niceness (just like intelligence,
‘The Power of Nice’, Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval
• Loving God is not a matter of doing
outer things. God is not looking for us to pretend to be good by doing good acts.
• God is love and
“People are often
unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them